When President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called for revving up ties and trade deals with Russia, Philippine-Russian Business Assembly (PRBA) was quick to follow through.
Since its establishment in 2009, the PRBA has been the principal organization driving business relations between the Philippines and the Russian Federation. Over the years, it has organized successful two-way trade and tourism missions where business matching, education and promotions activities have resulted in the signing of twin city agreements (e.g., St. Petersburg and Province of Cebu; Municipality of Parnas, St.Petersburg and Dipolog), signing of the working cooperation agreement of PRBA’s counterpart business council in Russia, the Russia-Philippines Business Council (RPBC) in November 9, 2011, and played a significant role in facilitating a rise in Russian arrivals in the country for touristic and business exploration purposes.
In offering its services to the Duterte administration, PRBA says its extensive experience in dealing with the Russian government and business community makes it well suited to “take the lead in materializing private sector cooperation initiatives between the business communities of the two countries in support of the overall direction of the economic relations between the Philippines and Russia.” It is also well prepared to help organize a business delegation to accompany the President when he visits Russia later this year.
The PRBA is a network of businesses involved real estate, airline and travel, financial services, construction, shipping, supply chain/logistics management, education, and other industries. Leading the PRBA since 2009 is Russian Honorary Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, whose tenure – first, as Founding President of PRBA and now as Chairperson of the PRBA Board – was largely responsible for the initial gains towards mutually beneficial and sustained relations between the two countries.
PRBA counts prominent leaders in business, industry, education, public service among its directors and committee chairpersons (including Marita Limlingan, Alberto Fenix, Oscar Violago, Former Ambassador Jose Abeto Zaide, Geronimo Sta. Ana, Architect Maxwell Espina, Carlo de Asis, Caesar Atienza, Victor Limlingan, Elena Pernia, and Mr. Andrey Saposzhnikov, representing the Russian Embassy).
Describing its mission to “boost business by bringing governments, business chambers and individuals together”, PRBA invites companies, organizations and individuals to join the Assembly. Counted among the benefits to members are: direct access to the latest business intelligence, building a powerhouse business network with key businesspeople, and important business groups, credibility status, business matching opportunities, access to trade exhibitions and tours, priority status in investment opportunities.